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Author: Chita Rivera; Michael Kantor
Publisher: New York , 2003.
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape   Visual material : English
Database:WorldCat
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Raw interview footage used for the documentary Broadway, the American musical. Actress, singer and dancer Chita Rivera discusses her career in the musical theater. Topics include her ballet studies as a child in Washington D. C., and her scholarship to the School of American Ballet in New York; landing roles in the road company production of Call me Madame, and the Broadway productions Guys and dolls and Can can;  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentaries and factual works
Musicals
Unedited footage
Interviews
Named Person: Chita Rivera; Leonard Bernstein; Jerome Robbins; Gwen Verdon; Bob Fosse; Michael Bennett; John Kander; Fred Ebb; Michael Bennett; Fred Ebb; Bob Fosse; John Kander; Chita Rivera; Jerome Robbins; Gwen Verdon
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Chita Rivera; Michael Kantor
OCLC Number: 133583808
Notes: Copy of transcript available.
This interview is one of a group of interviews with 90 individuals used in making the documentary Broadway, the American musical. The completed production is available on NCOX 2058.
Credits for completed production from pbs.org: A film by Michael Kantor ; produced by Jeff Dupre, Michael Kantor and Sally Rosenthal ; written by Marc Fields, Michael Kantor, Laurence Maslon, and JoAnne Young ; directed by Michael Kantor.
Time code on frame.
Contains various takes, at occasional brief intervals, audio continues without sound.
Performer(s): Interviewer: Michael Kantor. Interviewee: Chita Rivera.
Event notes: Videotaped at the Shubert Theater in New York, N.Y. on May 2, 2003.
Description: 1 videocassette (VHS) (39 min.) : sd., col. SP ; 1/2 in.
Other Titles: Broadway, the American musical
Broadway: the American musical

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Raw interview footage used for the documentary Broadway, the American musical. Actress, singer and dancer Chita Rivera discusses her career in the musical theater. Topics include her ballet studies as a child in Washington D. C., and her scholarship to the School of American Ballet in New York; landing roles in the road company production of Call me Madame, and the Broadway productions Guys and dolls and Can can; her role as Anita in West Side story, on which she worked with choreographer Jerome Robbins and developed greatly as a dancer; the musical's portrayal of immigrant violence; her experiences with prejudice as a Latina performer; Broadway's inclusiveness; her work with choreographer Bob Fosse in the show Chicago and with Michael Bennett in Bajour; her definition of sexiness onstage; Fosse's choreography, which expresses his love of women and his sense of humor; her admiration for dancer Gwen Verdon, with whom she appeared in Can can; the songwriting of duo John Kander and Fred Ebb; the difficulties for up-and-coming performers, as well as stars, to find consistent work on Broadway; the various types of musicals from the past, and Broadway's production of revivals in current times; the continuing need for new works for the musical theater on Broadway; the responsibility of having a lead role in a Broadway production; her disappoinment in her show The rink, in which she starred with Liza Minnelli; more on the lyrics of Fred Ebb; the "feeling" of Broadway from the performer's and audience perspective; the space of the stage, and what it calls forth in her. Last few minutes feature silent depiction of the Broadway street below and its theater marquees.

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